Art Prints

Well the update on the office is – nada. I ended up working on my kitchen and living room instead b/c we were having company over (the living room looks great)…. but I made no headway on the office. In fact, it’s now more junked up than before. I’m not looking forward to going through it but I will… eventually.

Anyway – I was looking at updating some frames this weekend and thought I’d purchase some photography since I seem to get tired of my own more quickly. I bought the first two below…

… and I’m still thinking about these other ones…

Antler drawing and flower photograph 4217

botanical no. 0006 limited edition numbered print

SALE - 40% OFF - If wishes were horses - A whimsical fine art carnival photograph

Cheap thrills - Fine art carnival photograph

I promise to upload some pictures soon! The living room really does look much better… even the hubbs liked it.

Have a great Monday!

~ Ashley

Redecorate the Home Office: Colors and Plans

I’ve been looking through my inspiration library and I picked out the colors I’d like to use for my home office. I plan to use the first row of colors to repaint the room and refinish my office desk. The second row is accent colors I’d like to use… I really like mixing gold with silver, black with brown, creme with gray.

More later with pictures of the pieces for the room and what I plan to do with them. I have my desk to sand, paint and distress… then a chair to reupholster. I also need to decide between these two rugs:

The rugs are both from IKEA and cost the same. Right now I’m leaning toward the stripe… I keep saving pictures with it in them.

Anyway, I’m going to go to home depot to get the paint today. I’m pretty excited 🙂

~ Ashley

Image credits: 1,2 & 6. Decor8 ; 3. Desiretoinspire.com ; 4. Domino ; 5. unknown

Contrasting Trim on Light Walls

I’ve been looking at my collection of pictures in my design arsenal and they all have white walls (well 90%). It got me thinking – I have no white walls in my house, maybe it’s time to paint some! The only room I have complete (no husband interference) in is my office. To dress up the room a little I thought why not paint the trim a contrasting shade while I have the brushes out. So here’s some inspiration of what I’m thinking color-wise:

I’m also really into black and white stripe rugs for some reason. I’ll have to do a post on that later to show you what I’m talking about. Anyway – I’m off to Home Depot later to get my paint. Now that I’ve made up my mind on this one I’ll be looking at furniture finishes for my desk and chair project coming up.

Till then! ~ Ashley

Image Credits {1. S.R.Gambrel, 2. My-Home-Ideas.com, 3 & 4. Canadian Home & Garden, 5. Design Sponge

Project: Building a Fireplace Part 1

If you read this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been working on building a fireplace mantle with my Dad. Well it’s finished! I’m going to post the first section of the process here and then I’ll post the completed one in another post tomorrow.  So here we go!

Part 1: Building the frame and adding the panels.

My initial Sketch for the design and my Dad and Stepmom checking out the wood at Home Depot.

My sketch and photo reference for the mantle. I wanted mine kinda skinny since my living room isn’t huge. All in all – we spent about $130 on some really nice wood for the mantle. We got it cut down at Home Depot (they do it for free) so it would fit in the car and then we were off to get started!

The frame and the final product. And yes, I'm actually cutting stuff - I like learning how to work all the tools.

We slowly put the frame together – followed by the panels. Dad came up with a pretty ingenious way to showcase the joints by routing out all along the edges of the frame so the panels “rested” into them. The end result was some extra details in the design. The above shot was taken before we had the rest of the decorative trim on which you’ll see….. in the next post! We did some finishing nails to hold the panels in and wood glue for extra support.

Next up is part 2 with priming and distressing.

(Not sure how much you want to read on the details but I’m happy to answer any questions about what we did 🙂 )

Happy Tuesday 🙂

Ashley

The Fabric Search Continues

Morning! Wednesday is here and I’m getting excited about the weekend.

Onto another topic however: Outdoor Fabric. I’ve been all over planet earth looking for fabric for my cushions I’m recovering outside. Thought I’d post it here to see what you all think… ok. So here is a sketch I did really quickly of the pillow “arrangement”. Really original I know 🙂

Ashley's Sketch

Porch Pillow Sketch - I have about 50 of these things scribbled in my purse... lol!

And the next image is two ideas I came up with for color combinations. The wicker is kind of dirty white right now but I want to paint it a soft gray/brown.

My favorite part is the trim. My cat's are going to luv it... oh boy.

So that’s what I have stewing in my head. Which one do you all like better?

All in all I’ve been frustrated with the amount (or lack of) outdoor fabric I’ve found online. Plus – it’s all pretty pricey or unoriginal. What’s a girl to do??

Talk to you all later!

Ashley

Cabin Fever : Soft Interiors by Dave Coote

Gosh... did I tell you guys how much I love white subway tiles?

Hello Everyone. This is Dave Coote; interior designer, furniture maker, and photographer.

Mr. Coote, this is everyone. I’ve been meaning to make the introductions since last week but of course time got away form me. Sorry! Dave Coote is a furniture and interiors designer in the UK.  He has been running a successful design studio for nearly 20 years producing furniture, interiors, products and photographic sets.

Other news today? We had snow today again (wow) in Atlanta. I’m just ready for Spring!

Happy Tuesday!

~ Ashley

Recent Purchase: IS Photography

IS Photography

I’ve been re-doing our bedroom in softer colors (the walls went from navy to gray) and I needed some new art. I’ve already bought a print from IS Photography and I really wanted more of her work. Not sure what it is about this bridge but ever since I watched the Count of Monte Cristo (2002) I’ve been somewhat in love with this point of Paris. If you have been on her website then great! But if you haven’t, you should go check it out. Definitely one of my favorite photographers right now.

See you all Monday!

Ashley

Beginnings of 2010

Looking out my office window.

Staying Warm

I apologize dear blog for the neglect over the Christmas holiday. My job gave us almost two weeks off so I was busy sewing, painting, and drawing while I had the precious time available.  The new hubbs and I are going over to my parents for dinner soon so I have to make this a quick stop for now… just been thinking about my goals for the new year and projects I still haven’t completed! Today I’ve been running through a list of my resolutions for the early part of the year:

1. Find fabric and recover the sad little chair in my living room. (I got upholstery tools for Christmas yey!)

2. Play more with photography and start taking my camera everywhere with me.

3. Actually do something with the photos I take! Share them and don’t leave everything on the memory card…

4. Start a “reflections” series of photographs possibly incorporated with mixed media. I’m not entirely sure what that means but it’s slowly formulating in my head.

5. Practica espanol mas. (Practice Spanish more.)

6. Follow through with what I say I’m going to do… limit who I say “yes” too.

7. Sign up for my 5Ks as they become available – I really enjoy running and I don’t want to miss out 🙂

8. Zone out in interesting places 😛

Ok! Feeling good about this! Anyone have any similar items on their list?

Hugs!

Ashley

(Photo by Ashley Fleishel)